Redcar Bears left Newcastle Diamonds floundering as they claimed the Premier League points with a 50-39 victory at Brough Park last night.
Heat one was won after a superb blast by Redcar top man Richard Lawson, under pressure from Newcastle number one Danny King throughout.
A reserves maximum for Luke Crang and Jan Graversen over new Diamonds reserve Dan Greenwood and Berwick guest Liam Carr, took the Bears’ lead to six points, but Stuart Robson and Lewis Kerr teamed up in fine style to hit a Newcastle 5-1 into the books and reduce the deficit to only two points.
Following two exchanged 4-2s, King rode a magnificent heat six, battling and swapping places with Graversen a number of times on the opening lap before extending out a big lead to take his first home win as part of a 4-2 to level the scores at 18-all.
Carl Wilkinson, having fallen in his opening race, shot away to lead heat seven well and took a solid win, but behind Lindgen, had to wait until the third lap before he could pass new Pole Rafal Konopka, who rode well to take his third placed point in a Redcar 2-4, moving the score on to 20-22 with nothing looking certain for the home side.
Skidmore moved wide on the first bend of heat eight and hit the drive line to roar round Rose and Carr, and despite a late run from Rose, his ultra-wide line resulted him bailing out into the fourth bend fence with the result awarded a 2-3 to Redcar, with the score now 22-25.
Unfortunately, the ambulance had to be called on to the track to treat Rose who was put on a back-board as a precaution as he was complaining of pain in his lower back.
Robson and Kerr leapt into the lead in heat nine with Graversen chasing well, but the home maximum 5-1 put the Diamonds into the lead for the first time, 27-26, and with King dominating the 11th, the 3-3 maintained the slender one point lead going in to the interval.
Lawson and Skidmore made the best pair of gates of the night, leaving Lindgen and Greenwood looking well out of the chase, which proved correct as the Bears regained the lead 31-34. With Wilkinson rounding Robson off the second bend, despite the Newcastle skipper trying everything to get back up front, the 2-4 went to Redcar who extended their lead to five worrying points.
The gap was seven after another away 2-4 from another massive gate from Lawson, who again took three very easy points. King found himself stuck at the rear and just couldn’t get round Summers. With the score now 35-42 with two races to go, it had to be two Newcastle maximums to ensure a home win.
But again the Diamonds duo Kerr and Greenwood were left floundering at the gate by the sharp Bears pair of Konopka and Graversen, although Kerr passed the Pole in a 2-4 to the Bears who took the match win with one race to go.
Diamonds manager George English said: “I honestly thought we were back on track with our three league points from our recent travels, but we again hit the skids tonight and lost points. With injury problems and new youngsters coming in at reserve we seem to be lacking in lower end power badly, but we know more than anyone this rot has to be stopped in its tracks with immediate effect.”
NEWCASTLE: Danny King 10, Lewis Rose 1, Stuart Robson 9, Lewis Kerr 9+2, Ludvig Lindgren 7, Dan Greenwood 1, Liam Carr 2
REDCAR: Richard Lawson 14, Hugh Skidmore 6+1, Carl Wilkinson 9, Rafal Konopka 4+1, Aaron Summers 4, Jan Graversen 9+1, Luke Crang 4